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Lenovo's new displays waste not

Lenovo introduces six new environmentally-friendly monitors.

We'll hopefully be getting the L2440x soon, as I'm curious to see its LED backlighting in action. Lenovo

Lenovo announced six new ThinkVision monitors on Wednesday at the Interop 2008 New York, an IT conference and exposition.

  • 17-inch L1700p
  • 19-inch L1940 Wide
  • 19-inch L1940p Wide
  • 24-inch L2240 Wide
  • 24-inch L2240p Wide
  • 24-inch L2440x Wide

According to Lenovo, these monitors use 30 percent to 60 percent less energy than previous ThinkVision models--such as the L171p, L194 Wide, and D221--are EPEAT Gold rated and GreenGuard certified, and include packaging for select models with 65 percent recycled materials.

The ThinkVision L2440x Wide is the flagship of the new lineup and is Lenovo's first 24-inch, low-halogen display that provides up to 225 percent more work area than many 12.1-inch and 13.3-inch ultraportable notebook screens with resolutions of 1,280x800-pixels. The display uses white LED backlighting, which allows it to use only 29 watts of power to operate, according to the EPA Energy Star 4.1 standard it was tested under. To top it off, the display is also mercury and arsenic free.

All of the new monitors boast new and enhanced features, such as:

  • Use LCD light more efficiently, decreasing the number of light tubes in each monitor. This doesn't apply to the L2440x Wide that uses LED backlight technology.
  • A new ergonomic stand is available on the L1700p, L1940p Wide, L2240p Wide, L2440p Wide, and L2440x Wide models to provide customizable heights, pivot, and swivel options. The new stand also provides an improved enclosure design that enables quick setup and streamlined cable management, according to Lenovo.
  • New environmentally responsible packaging for the ThinkVision L2240p Wide, L2440p Wide, and L2440x Wide monitors consists of 65 percent recycled materials that are 100 percent recyclable.

All of the new ThinkVisions offer contrast ratios of up to 1,000:1, 5ms response time and 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution. The ThinkVision L2440p Wide and ThinkVision L2440x both include four high-speed USB ports. The ThinkVision L2440x gets a DisplayPort as well.

The Lenovo ThinkVision L1700p monitor is available worldwide beginning September 19 through Lenovo Business Partners and their online store. The ThinkVision L1940 Wide monitor is available in European markets only beginning September 19. Additional models will be available worldwide beginning in October. Starting prices range from $239.99 for the ThinkVision L1700p to $749.99 for the ThinkVision L2440x Wide.

It's always nice to see a vendor being environmentally conscious. Lenovo is not only keeping an eye on the amount of power these things use, but also the type of packaging they come in. Hopefully they'll go as far as the uber tree huggers at Simpletech did with the packaging of its (Re)Drive.